Permit problems in Pueblo forced a change of dates for the 2016 Cannabis Cup.
Earlier in February, High Times was denied a permit to hold the 2016 Cannabis Cup at Denver Mart. This forced them to look elsewhere to hold the event that was attended by upwards of 100,000 people over three days last year.
High Times then announced the Cannabis Cup would be moving about 120 miles south, to Pueblo, Colorado on April 15-17. But due to permit application rules in Pueblo that require the application to be filed at least 75 days before an event, High Times now has to move the event back one weekend, to April 22-24.
No permit from Pueblo yet – event is still up in the air.
Even with the change of dates, it is still unclear whether or not there will be a Cannabis Cup held in Colorado during the annual April 420 celebration period. That is because permits still need to be approved by officials in Pueblo, which is not a certainty.
Prospects of Pueblo hosting the Cannabis Cup drew mixed reviews locally. Pueblo Chamber of Commerce President Rod Slyhoff supports the event, citing the economic opportunity for the community if it welcomes the expected 35,000 people attending. But Pueblo Sheriff Kirk Taylor has safety concerns. “I look at whether or not I can keep this community safe during a festival like this when I don’t have cooperation from the permitees,” Taylor said.
Pueblo County Community Information Manager Paris Carmichael said that High Times has until March 1 to resubmit its event application and a decision is expected no later than March 23.
Stay tuned to our 2016 Colorado 4/20 Celebration info page for updates on the Cannabis Cup and all other 420 events for the annual April celebration in Colorado.